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Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

Arrested in Lana Del Rey Kidnap Plot: Man With 'Long Rap Sheet'

Orlando police say they found Michael Hunt a block away from her concert venue with a knife, tickets

(Newser) - A scary situation was diffused by the Orlando Police Friday evening right before a Lana Del Rey concert in that city's Amway Center, with Del Rey at the center of it. E! News and CNN report that 43-year-old Michael Hunt was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping with a... More »

Woman: Stepdad Kidnapped Me, Fathered My 9 Kids

She says she wasn't even a teen when he first raped her

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for more than 20 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn McGinnis in 1995 or 1996, per a grand jury... More »

A New Clue Pops Up in Strange Case of Sherri Papini

Surveillance video shows formerly missing mom running near church shortly before she was found

(Newser) - A new clue in the case of Sherri Papini has emerged. A surveillance video shows the formerly missing California woman sprinting near a Jehovah's Witness church in Yolo County early on Thanksgiving last year, shortly before she was found by a trucker on an Interstate 5 ramp, per the... More »

New Evidence Unveiled in Weird California Kidnap Case

Male, female DNA was recovered from Sherri Papini

(Newser) - Authorities have released new details in the Sherri Papini case, almost a year after the California mother of two young children vanished after going for a jog. She disappeared on Nov. 2 last year and was next seen 22 days later, when she flagged down a passing car 150 miles... More »

Rough Weekend for 'Broken' Freed Family

Joshua Boyle says he and his wife didn't think the adjustment to freedom would be so hard

(Newser) - After five years in captivity, freedom is a lot harder than Joshua Boyle expected. The Canadian man tells CNN he and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are suffering. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," he says. After arriving in Toronto... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

Earl Melchert gave his $7K reward to the girl he saved

(Newser) - Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on Aug. 8, and she was reportedly held for nearly a month in an abandoned house, where... More »

Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Plastic, in River

Savanna Greywind, 22, went missing Aug. 19

(Newser) - The plastic-wrapped body of a missing North Dakota woman was found caught on a log by kayakers in the Red River on Sunday evening, ending a search that began on Aug. 19. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says that around the same time Sunday, investigators identified what the Minneapolis Star ... More »

Killer in Bizarre 1984 Case Is Freed on Parole

'Mountain man' Don Nichols kidnapped world-class athlete to be his son's wife

(Newser) - Self-described Montana "mountain man" Don Nichols was released on parole Wednesday after serving 32 years for kidnapping a world-class athlete out on a training run in 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer—an attack that drew widespread media coverage and became the subject of a made-for-TV movie. Nichols, who... More »

Twist in the Case of Allegedly Kidnapped Model

Chloe Ayling admits she went shoe shopping with alleged captor

(Newser) - The talent agent who sent British model Chloe Ayling to Italy, where she says she was kidnapped and was to reportedly be auctioned on the dark web as a sex slave, has hit out at people questioning her story. Phil Green of Supermodel Agency says, "I can assure everybody... More »

Model Describes Terrifying Kidnapping Ordeal

She woke up in trunk of car after being lured to photo shoot

(Newser) - A British model allegedly kidnapped by a human-trafficking gang in Italy has shared details of her terrifying ordeal. Chloe Ayling, 20, says she feared for her life "second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour" after being drugged and taken to a remote farmhouse, the Telegraph reports. She... More »

A 'Reluctant' Man at Door, 3 Alleged Captives Inside

Va. man accused of holding girlfriend, their 2 kids captive for 2 years

(Newser) - A Virginia man has been arrested and charged with abduction after law enforcement went to a home and found a woman and two children who'd allegedly been held against their will for two years. Fredericksburg.com reports that the break in the case came Saturday, when sheriff's deputies... More »

As Suspect Joined Vigil for Missing Student, FBI Listened

He described 'ideal victim,' made threats: prosecutors

(Newser) - When friends gathered last week at a vigil for missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, they had no idea the man suspected of killing her was in their midst. But Brendt Christensen not only attended the June 29 event at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus while under FBI surveillance,... More »

Cops: Girl, 13, Kidnapped, Killed in Stolen Drugs Dispute

Kidnappers used her phone to call family

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Texas girl was kidnapped and murdered as payback after a relative's boyfriend stole a large quantity of drugs from two men, police say. Shavon Randle was found dead in a Dallas home early Sunday, as was 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been named as a person of... More »

DA: Teacher With Missing Teen May Be Posing as Missionary

Tad Cummins may have fled to Mexico with girl, district attorney says

(Newser) - Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher believed to be on the run with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, may have fled to Mexico with the girl, investigators say. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper tells ABC News that the 50-year-old Cummins, who allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth more than two weeks ago, is a... More »

'Romantic' Emails Between Missing Teacher, Girl Found

Family says teen once hid from teacher Tad Cummins

(Newser) - Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by teacher Tad Cummins two weeks ago, once hid from Cummins when he turned up at her workplace, her family says. One of the Thomas family's lawyers tells News 2 that, according to Elizabeth's father, she hid in... More »

Possible Sighting of Teacher Suspected of Abducting Teen

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, was reported missing last week in Tennessee

(Newser) - The 50-year-old former high-school teacher suspected of abducting his 15-year-old student may have been spotted Thursday in Texas, the Tennessean reports. Elizabeth Thomas was reported missing from Tennessee on March 13. Authorities say Tad Cummins, who has since been fired, appears to have planned the abduction and may have been... More »

New Photos of Missing Tenn. Teacher, Student Released

Girl who saw kiss 'blames herself' for kidnapping

(Newser) - With no confirmed sightings of a 15-year-old girl more than a week after she was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher , the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wants people nationwide to be on the lookout for Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins in rural areas or campgrounds. Investigators released video of the 50-year-old... More »

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